Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


(Hoşmerim/Peynir Helvası - Ottoman Kitchen - Balıkesir)

500 gr ricotta cheese
2 egg yolk
1 tbsp flour, all purpose
2 tbsp semolina - I used Turkish semolina
2/3 cup sugar - first add 1/2 cup sugar, if you want more you can go up to a total of 2/3 cup of sugar
1 tbsp Thick Turkish Cream or English Devon Cream or very thick cream or %40 Double Cream-(President's Choice-Loblaws in Toronto)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the egg yolks with ricotta cheese and place the mixture in a large pan. Cook at low heat until its juice is evaporated for about an hour. Stir occasionally.

Add the flour, semolina, sugar, vanilla extract, cream into the cheese. Cook until the sugar dissolves while stirring occasionally with low-medium heat. Turn the heat off. Cover it with the lid. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Then, place in separate small bowls. Serve Hoşmerim while still warm.

4 servings.



At 7:53 PM, Blogger Dewi said...

Hmm, this pudding sounds really delicious Binnur!

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Kilo said...

Could you please explain what "%40 Double Cream President's Choice" is similar to? I'm not familiar with it; I googled it, and can't figure it out. What would be a good substitute? Thanks

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Rozmin said...

I have to try this, I love puddings and it sounds very easy and pretty quick.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I put some options for the thick cream in the recipe:)

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you Binnur for Hoshmerim recipe. You have brought my childhood days at Gelibolu back.

Pinar from Hamilton, ON

At 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

A few years ago when we were in Turkiye we visited my husbands Aunty who lives in Bolu Mengen and she prepared something called Hosmenim. She used polenta it was similar to the way italians prepare it. she used butter and milk.
would you have a recipe for this?


At 4:59 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sidika,
I've already posted a Hosmerim recipe. You can use the recipe to make your own Hosmerim:)

At 1:27 AM, Anonymous dokuzuncubulut said...

Bizim evde kimse sevmese de ben çok severim. Ama hazır olanları bana çok tatlı gelir. Tarif de çok kolaymış. Kendim için hemen deneyeceğim. Paylaşım için teşekkürler...

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Paula said...

here is so many inspirations!

have a nice time!

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Mariv said...

I had this dessert in Turkey and it was my favorite!! I asked and the lady told me it had a small amount of honey and the cheese felt like rice (maybe cottage cheese or was it rice?) do you know of any variation that includes the ingredients I mention?
Thank you, Mariv

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Mariv,
Probably it was cheese:)

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think hosmerim would be easier to find from 'dairy desserts' section. In my country it's called the cooked cheesecake :) and we put it on biscuits to form a cake :)

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You are right, it should be under the 'dairy desserts' section:) Thank you!


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